Switchflipper Recipes

Share you switchflipper recipes here! The earlier recipes I tried were a great  distraction at cocktail time.  Now I’ve simplified.

THE RECIPES

This first one seems silly to me now, but when I needed the distraction during the first weeks, it was great.

Here’s a variation of one I found online called New England Buck. I call mine the 
Plymouth Rock: 1 shot juniper syrup (see recipe below)
1 shot lemon juice (fresh or organic)
a couple of hefty splashes of orange bitters (Fee Brothers is alcohol-free, but I like Regan’s the best) ginger beer (I like Reed’s)
Combine all ingredients over ice except the ginger beer; stir or shake to mix it up, and pour into another glass (I don’t strain, I just use the same ice.) Top off with Ginger Beer.  
I garnish it with juniper berries as a nod to the old Bombay. Juniper Sage syrup: I made this thinking it would have some Bombay-ish flavor.

In saucepan 1 cup water, 1/4-1/2 cup sugar (or if you like sugar make it a simple syrup base of 1:1), a small handful of sliced almonds and juniper berries each (I got them at the health food store), lemon peel of half a lemon, twist when adding, and about 8 fresh sage leaves torn in half. Bring to boil and simmer 5-10 minutes. Let cool, strain ( I add most of the juniper berries back in, so I have them as a garnish when I make a drink. Store in glass jar in the fridge.  This was my main mocktail the first week or so, and the preparation was a nice occupation at cocktail time.  Now I don’t bother.

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The De-Cider Pour over ice 3 parts apple cider 1 part lemon juice a couple dashes of bitters a healthy dash of cayenne pepper

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Lemon First Aid Over ice throw a shot of lemon juice. Same amount of Pacific almond milk and a couple drops of almond exract Stir it up, and add seltzer to taste.  Sweeten if you like.

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The Placebo In a nice rocks glass, pour over ice 4 parts soda, 1 part lemon juice. Add a dash of orange bitters and cayenne pepper. Garnish with lemon wedge.  I’d throw some Reed’s ginger beer on this too. Sweeten if you like.

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The KomGetcha (just made that up) half asian pear ginger kombucha, half seltzer with a splash of lemon juice and a dash of orange bitters.

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The Elder Brewtser (local pilgrim name) In a rocks glass Sparkling water on ice a capful of Elderflower Cordial a couple of drops (hardly any) Orange Blossom water Optional – a shake of Regan’s orange bitters (it has alcohol, so if you’re worried about awakening the beast, skip this ingredient)


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The Terrific Tonic On the rocks – lemon fizzy water, a splash of Jack Rudy elderflower tonic, and a shake of Regan’s orange bitters. Note: Regan’s has ethanol, so if you’re worried about awakening the beast, get Fee Brothers bitters which is AF.

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The Q
– My new favorite switchflipper Q tonic (I found it at the grocery store a dropper of Juniper Berry extract, a squeeze or twist of lemon. Yum


The Tea-Total

A new summer switchflipper: First make a half gallon of lavender St John’s wort ice tea:
2 black tea bags
1 heaping T culinary grade lavender
1 heaping T St John’s Wort or 2 tea bags (it grows like a weed in my garden, so I cut it and dry it and make tea – it’s a natural antidepressant)
In a 2 qt glass pitcher pour boiling water to make tea (I use a big tea ball for the loose st j’s and lavender)
Let it steep for 15-20 min; remove bags, and add 
1/4 c lemon juice and 1/4 c honey. This makes a great iced tea just as it is.

Tea Total 
Over ice, half lemon seltzer and half tea, add a couple dashes of orange bitters.
Yummy and refreshing!  


Recent discovery – DRY brand sparkling cucumber. I cut it with about half sparkling water. It’s light and refreshing. A shake of orange bitters adds another dimension to it, but it’s great plain too.


Mimosa-sans – 3/4ths Pelligrino, 1/4 OJ (fresh squeezed is best) The perfect compliment to brunch.